Welcome to the 2018 Gala Special Edition Buzz!
Please Join us on March 3rd for our Annual Gala!
Letter from the Chair

It is my honor to invite you to join me for "A Lucky Knight for St. Ambrose" at the annual Gala auction night on March 3rd at 6pm in the Parish Center. It will be an Irish themed evening of fellowship, food and entertainment. You can show your support for our wonderful school by bidding on great silent or live auction items. The Gala is the largest fundraiser for our school, generally bringing in around $40,000 for our PTO. This money contributes to our teacher appreciation program, field trips, items for our classrooms, and upgrades to the school. This is a must attend event and I look forward to seeing you there!
Thanks so much for your support,
Cindy Hollcraft
2018 Gala Chair
What Can I Expect at the Gala?

cauldron_of_gold.jpg The night will start off by mingling with friends as you bid on silent auction and dessert auction items and try your hand at our gift card grab bag and raffles. Food and beverages will be available, and we will be entertained by a performance of talented Irish dancers. There will be a formal end to the silent and dessert auctions and people will be asked to take a seat at their tables for the live auction while they enjoy their dessert auction winnings. Following the live auction, people can linger and relax before collecting their auction winnings to close out the night.
Irish Entertainment

We will be treated to a performance by a group from the award-winning school, McGrath School of Irish Dance. St. Ambrose students, Sophia and Reilly Savage, will be among the performers. They have traveled to Ireland, England and Scotland to compete, winning awards at all. They recently just qualified for "Worlds", which less than 1% of Irish dancers accomplish. You don't want to miss this exceptional performance!
What Should I Wear to the Gala?
Dress in whatever makes you comfortable. The atmosphere usually conveys a casual elegance and many people relish the opportunity to dress up, but if jeans are the most comfortable clothing for you, then feel free to wear them. The evening should be relaxed and fun!
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Early bird ticket sales are under way now. Click on this link for ways to purchase tickets. Prices will go up on January 22nd and again on February 19th.
50/50 Raffle

We will once again have the 50/50 raffle where the winner takes home half the pot while the other half supports the school. Tickets are $10 each or 6 tickets for $50 and the winner does not need to be present. I am asking all our students to help sell tickets and the top student seller will receive a prize. Look out for tickets to come home in the Wednesday folder.
Dessert Auction
Calling all bakers! Fire up those ovens to once again provide your delicious treats for our dessert auction at the Gala. Please use the form at the attached link to confirm your dessert donation. Return forms to the office or email dessert donation information to gala@stambroseschool.org.
Urgent Help Needed with Ticket Sales 

We need someone to lead the Raffle Ticket Sales and to oversee Ticket Sales after masses on the weekends of Jan. 20/21 and Feb. 10/11. Please contact Cindy at gala@stambroseschool.org if you can help.
Thank You!

A big shout out to Phil Coady and Mark & Emily English for taking the lead on beverages and to Kathleen Leffas for leading the class baskets. Thanks also to Mary Helou and Ann Samperio for helping with catering and marketing issues. Thank you to Michelle Nott for drawing my design idea for the logo. Look for a Sign-Up Genius soon for more volunteer opportunities.